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YHA Hawkshead


Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0QD

T: 0845 371 9321

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Activity breaksBoard GamesCamping FacilitiesClassroom/Educational meeting room

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This hostel provides the following facilities:

Activity breaks

Board Games

Camping Facilities

Classroom/Educational meeting room

Conference facilities

Cot available

Credit cards accepted

Cycle Store


Drying room

En suite rooms available

Family breaks

Games Room


Group catering available

Internet access


Library / Quiet room


Meals available

Mountain Biking


Picnic lunch available

Private rooms available

Restaurant/dining room

School Trips

Self-catering dining room

Self-catering kitchen


Special Breaks

Suitable for families

Table Licence

Trade Bookings


Under 3s welcome




106 Beds

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About YHA Hawkshead

This family-friendly grade II listed Regency style building, in a glorious setting overlooking tranquil Esthwaite Water, is an ideal base for cheap family breaks, school trips and activity breaks. Great for walking and cycling holidays, nearby Grizedale Forest also offers some of the country’s best routes if you're looking for a mountain biking holiday. Explore the surrounding Beatrix Potter country from here, or there’s easy access to the southern fells and Lake Windermere. Enjoy good food and local ales in the hostel’s comfortable restaurant. This hostel offers Camping Pods. Enjoy luxury camping without the luxury price tag.

Delicious evening meals are available from the hostel's restaurant. Have a look at a sample menu of what we have to offer here.

Please note that during some periods, certain facilities at the hostel will not be available to our pod and camping guests. Please contact YHA Hawkshead for more information.

YHA members can enjoy free Wi-Fi in social areas at YHA Hawkshead!

Rural Menu PDF (18KB) Rural Menu PDF (18KB)Click here to have a look at a sample menu (18KB).

Need to know

When YHA Hawkshead has sole use bookings, the campsite and the pod village are still available, however there will be no access to the hostel facilities. There will still be access to the camping toilet and shower facilities, as well as the camping wash-up area. When booking camping or camping pods at YHA Hawkshead, please contact the hostel directly to check whether this is the case.

Towels are not supplied. They are available to hire from reception for £2 (+ £5 deposit) or please bring your own. Bedding is supplied.


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Reception Times:
07.30 - 22.30

Hostel Closing Times:

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Manager recommends

  • Great for family activity breaks and some of the best cycling and mountain biking holidays that England has to offer. After an active day in the south Lakes, relax on the veranda, overlooking the expansive gardens and tranquil Esthwaite Water.

Volunteering opportunities

Fancy spending some time in the stunning Lake District making a difference? YHA offers volunteering opportunities for individuals or groups throughout the year including student placements, week & weekend working parties or as much time as you’re willing to give. Tasks are varied and can be tailored to your interests or you can learn lots of new skills. If you’re interested in helping out please use either the hostel details above or contact our volunteering team at volunteering@yha.org.uk.

YHA School Trips

YHA Hawkshead is perfect for school trips wanting to take advantage of the great outdoors, or get involved with one of our biology or geography packages. This hostel offers group catering, a classroom and space for 106 people.

Visit the YHA School Trips website to book your school outing.

Under 5? Please stay in a Private Room.
Under 15? Please be accompanied with an Adult staying in the same room.
Aged 16 or 17? Please bring a friend or Adult if staying in Shared Accommodation.

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